A few days ago I received word that The Little Catholic Box ordered a BIG quantity of Advent with St. Teresa of Calcutta to put in their November boxes. I had never heard of this company before, and so I thought I’d post it here in case you are looking for a unique way to remember a hard-to-buy-for Catholic lady (young or old) in your family.
Each month a box will arrive with a unique combination of treats — books, food, trinkets, candles, and so on — that will surprise and delight!
Chelsey (their social media lady) asked me a few questions to share with their customers about the book, and I thought I might include a few highlights here.
When and how did you feel called to become a writer?
For me, writing started as a way of capturing and processing various life experiences: things I’d read, places I’d been, people I’d encountered. I tell my kids that God sends every baby into the world with three things: a gift to share, a burden to carry, and a job to do. At various times of life, writing can be all three of these things, of course!
Do you have a special devotion to St. Teresa that inspired these meditations?
The missionary spirit of St. Teresa was a formative influence on me in my twenties, when I was trying to figure out whether to be a missionary or to work in publishing. Her books taught me about detachment and obedience and joy – and ultimately influenced my decision to become Catholic. That was a long journey, and she was one of many voices I heard cheering me along the way. And as someone who became an adoptive parent later in life, I can relate to St. Teresa’s “call within a call,” which led her to experience spiritual motherhood in her mid-thirties, around the same time I did.
These meditations gave me an opportunity to read through the many books by and about her, and to reconnect with her in a personal way. I hope they will have the same effect on others!
What is your hope for the people who will read your book?
I hope that they will find these books (one for Advent, one for Lent) will give them a “breather” or mini-retreat from the busyness of daily life, to give them perspective and encouragement. “Do small things with great love” was Saint Teresa’s advice for those who want to be saints. You don’t need to be a writer or a theologian or a mystic . . . All God wants is for you to be faithful in sharing your gifts, carrying your burdens (or helping others with theirs), and doing whatever he asks you to do.